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Hi all:
This is a forward of Steve Dinsmore's comments on the gender of this
beautiful bird.
Ross


Ross Silcock
Tabor, Iowa, USA
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen Dinsmore" <[log in to unmask]>
To: "'Ross Silcock '" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, December 22, 2002 6:16 PM
Subject: RE: Snowy Owl near pond



> Debra et al.-
>
>    The identity of the Snowy Owl near Baring in Knox County rests on the
> general coloration, not the size of the bird. The largely all-white
plumage
> is indicative of an adult bird since juveniles typically show heavy dark
> barring on the underparts, a contrasting white face, and heavy dark
spotting
> on the mantle and upperwings. Males tend to be paler than females, with
> adult males being almost all-white. The Knox County individual shows quite
a
> bit of faint darker spotting, particularly on the mantle, upperwings, and
> breast, and I believe this plumage is most indicative of an adult female.
> However, this is a bit subjective, and the bird could be some other age
> and/or sex...
>
> Steve Dinsmore

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